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. president karzai calls for engagement and reconciliation with the talib. >> those who are not part of al qaeda for other terrorists >> unrepentant -- president obama delivers his first state of the union address. economy and jobs are his main focus. >> we don't quit. i don't quit. let us seize this moment to start anew, to carry the dream of forward and strengthen our union once more. >> hard to believe, 15 days after haiti's earthquake, a teenage girl is pulled alive from the rubble. a former press -- french prime minister of quitted of plotting to samir nicolas sarkozy when he was running for president. -- acquitted of plotting to samir nicolas sarkozy. it is 7:00 a.m. and washington, midday in london where world leaders are hammering out a new strategy for afghanistan. opening the conference bridge prime minister gordon brown says this was a decisive time. he said the transfer of the parties to afghans of some provinces should begin later this year. president karzai called on saudi arabia to be involved in the new peace process with the taliban. with more details from the conference -
of canada about the cabinet picks for hamid karzai. what is the concern over the choices that president karzai is making? guest: he has now made two set of choices. he nominated one slate of cabinet officials, about 24 of them. 17 were rejected by the parliament. but arlin is in a healthy move, asserting itself. this is a good thing -- the parliament is, in a healthy move, asserting itself. this is a good thing, checks and balances. he looked at the first slate of nominees by president karzai and parliament did not like them. they did confirm the most important cabinet choices from president karzai, the minister of defense and the minister of interior, which handles all of the police. the minister of finance, the minister of agriculture, when the biggest recipients of assistance. -- one of the biggest recipient of assistance. those picks are clear. president karzai has recently over the weekend submitted a second state to replace those that were rejected the first time. these are lesser-known people. the second slate are lesser- known people. many people have not heard -- many afghans h
. president karzai told a conference that his company -- country was moving slowly toward national security. of the next 45 minutes, british and afghan leaders and the un secretary general outline their goals. general mcchrystal has the international forces serving with such distinction in afghanistan and soon to be over 100,000 strong. foreign ministers, distinguished guests representing over 70 nations and international organizations, including every single member of the 43 nation strong international security assistance force. representing also afghanistan's key regional and muslim partners with whom we are pleased to work and his involvement in this worldwide coalition to support peace and stability in this crucial region are especially welcome to. this is a decisive time for the international cooperation that is helping the afghan people secure and govern their own country. for this conference marked the beginning of the transition process, of bring the necessary conditions under which we can begin district by district, a provident -- province by province, the transferring of responsib
karzai government who stole the election and ruled only topple. so much of afghanistan is effectively run by the taliban. in addition, we've had eight years with the u.s. has isolated between the kinetic counterterrorism strategy and a counterinsurgency strategy that tries to protect people. and we have seen the last oscillation of that. this happened during the bush administration, and now it's happening again in the obama administration that we are moving back to a counterinsurgency strategy. now besides afghanistan being a much harder, not to crack that iraq we now have a lot of domestic factors affecting the u.s. policy. the american public is war weary after two wars stretched out over many years. and i think it's politically perilous for any politician in a democracy to escalate a war that is already unpopular, even lbj didn't do that when he escalated the vietnam war. u.s. spending in afghanistan is more per year than any other military spends on the planet. so we're dumping a lot of resources into afghanistan. the afghan war is expected to cost another trillion dollars over the ne
with karzai. this is an opportunity for us to make sure that more draconian steps are taken and said if they steps that have yielded little results. >> i could not agree with you more. i cannot disagree with you at all. this is a moment and it will take a tough hand. >> i noticed the vote has not gone off. and to set fashion, which are drifting along here. -- in truth senate fashion, we are drifting along here. >> i'd prefer to look at this as an opportunity to finish my questions. i.t. why for being here and for your insights. -- thank you for your being here a year and says. my first question before i ask more about the long term, if each of you are satisfied that everything is currently being done that can be done with the short-term relief efforts, dr. former, you talk about how slow the relief efforts are and to a great extent that is because of the lack of infrastructure. is there more than should be done right now to address those relief efforts? >> thank you. i think there is a mismatch between the degree of interest and resources that we as a nation are putting in and the ab
this week. move in return for this additional commitment, we must agree with president karzai's plan for the expansion of the afghan army and police. we will agree today that the afghan national army will # 134,000 by october 2010. and more by 2011. we will commit to supporting a police report with afghan national police numbers preeti 9000 by october of this year. this is a present bigger than our coalition forces. we need more international trainers to do this. we are doubling the number of military teams for the afghan police starting in april of this afghan security forces will be 300,000. international forces will rise to 135,000. the balance will continue to ship toward afghan security control. as president obama made clear last month, by the middle of next year, we have to turn the tide in the fight against the insurgency and also in our work to support the afghan government. today we affirm that the increase in our military efforts must be matched with governance in economic development, a surge to match and complement the current military surge. we have agreed today to back
with on for hours. this came a day after president hamid karzai tuck -- calls for talks with the taliban in london. talking to the insurgents is an idea that is not gaining ground as a way to end a conflict here. president karzai's election opponent has announced his support. >> i do believe we should reach out to the people we are fighting against in these provinces. we should reach out to them like brothers. we will see if there are people who will speak to us. they only want to bring the state down. they do not believe in the process. >> behind-the-scenes, it appears the contact is being made. a western official told the bbc that the un special envoy was seeking talks with the representative from the taliban leadership. we could not confirm whether discussions had taken place. all the afghan government has been publicly reaching out to the taliban, it is not clear what the movement will do. it seems unlikely taliban leadership will engage in talks any time soon. instead, continuing to lead an insurgency which is growing in strength year by year. bbc news, kabul. >> russia has carried out the fi
hamid karzai told the conference that is country is moving slowly toward national security but that training security forces could take years. at an opening session this morning, the british and that an leaders and the un secretary general outlined their goals for the conference. . . >> in the last year britain has suffered hundreds of fatalities per he to the countries represented today recognizes that this mission is vital for our national security. it is vital to the stability of this crucial region and it is vital to the security of our world. we set out last autumn on strategies and we're making progress. the military search is turning to the tide against the taliban- led insurgency. it is at the same time building the capacity of the afghan forces who are fighting alongside us. a civilian surge is insuring that areas are cleared of the taliban and our stabilization teams go in to work with local to halt ground that has been a superdelegate. britain is proud that we lead the largest civilian reconstruction team in afghanistan. during 2009, we doubled the number of brit
. the fighting raged citywide for nearly five hours. today's grizzly attacks came just as afghan president karzai was swearing in members of his new cabinet. ambassador richard holbrook, u.s. special envoy to the region who just left kabul hours earlier told reporters in india that he wasn't surprised. >> they're ruthless. the people who are doing this certainly will not survive the attack nor will they succeed. but we can expect this sort of thing on a regular basis. >> warner: the taliban claims responsibility for today's attacks telling the associated press they had sent 20 militants to do the job. it was the militants' answer to karzai's recently renewed offer of reconciliation with the taliban said the u.s. institute of peace. >> the taliban spokesperson said today in claiming responsibility for the attack that they were trying to undermine or disrupt the notion that the taliban could be bought off, that they could be lured off the battlefield and instead to demonstrate that they are united and they are committed to their cause. they sent these suicide bomber into the heart of kabul. >> warn
more than a mile away. it came just as president karzai was swearing many members of his new cabinet. hours after the main attack, there's still reports of sporadic gun fire. and much of the central city remains under total lockdown. despite the relative calm now, officials fear there may be more suicide bombers still on the loose in kabul tonight. >> october 28, gunmen stormed a guest house used by u.n. staff. 11 people were killed in that attack. >> five local students accused of plotting terrorist attacks say they have been mistreated while they were in custody in pakistan. . pakistani police say e-mails from the group show they had contacted the taliban and they were planning terror attacks. the men had a court hearing today and while a van was taking them away from the hearing, they shouted that they were being tortured. police deny the men are being mistreated. >> there's a special election in massachusetts tomorrow to fill the u.s. senate seat held by the late senator edward kennedy. even though massachusetts is considered a staunchly democratic state, that race is tight. pole
government ministries also came under fire. afghan president hamid karzai says the security situation in the capital is now back under control. >> the fighting lasted more than four hours, pitched battles in the heart of kabul. the taliban directly challenging afghanistan's struggling democracy. security forces are moving in, they're dislodge gunmen from the roots of a building. it's not the first time, but this was a brazen and deadly attack on the capital's commercial and political plant. >> there was a suicide bomb, this says man who was injured, a big explosion, lots of people were wounded, i don't know how many. >> as fighting broke out in several different places, a taliban spokesman telephoned a news agency saying 20 suicide bombers had entered the city. shopping centers and commercial buildings were reported alight. a car bomb exploded near the education ministry. a suicide bomber blew himself up near the presidential palace, and there was more. one afghan member of parliament monitored the fighting. >> one man with a very brand-new business suit came took over an ambulance an
on attacks in the capital of kabul. >> we're hearing at this moment th afghan president karzai said security has been restored to kabul but this comes after a deadly attack and fierce gun battles and potential for more attacks today. five people including a child were killed. nearly 40 people wounded in these attacks. taliban gunmen some wearing suicide vests launched coordinated assault on the presidential palace and ministry buildings. militants were holed up inside a burning shopping center that was quickly surrounded by security forces but first responders, emergency workers and police came under heavy fire from taliban sharpshooters. another suicide bomber driving an ambulance set off a huge blast. president karzai said in a statement that the enemies of afghanistan are trying to spread father among kabul citizens. he ordered security officials to do their best to make arrests right away. nbc news is reporting that western intelligence officials say there could be a good number of taliban suicide bombers still on there's in the capital today. eun, back to you. >>> now to the latest out
't have to continue. khzaei -- karzai was a great hope. everyone no knows him respected him. he might change his mind. the pressures that led him to permit and maybe support this corrupt structure could be reversed over time. the people up and down that structure might change their mind. the parliament is -- has stood up against his nominations. who's knows who's going to happen up and down that road. if we succeed in something that we can do, peter has pointed out the crucial important to the kandahar road. than doesn't be impossible to secure that. that changes the economic nature of southern afghanistan. it could get better. >> if i could just add one point. there's no question that the ghost of vietnam haunts this administration. i can tell you from being in it for 60 days. the ghost of what happened to lyndon johnson walks the corridors of this white house, it walks the corridors of this building every day. it's a mistake. we got to get over it. we got to stop fighting the vietnam war. i don't know whether we could have won or not, but it is not relevant to afghanistan. as marc p
capital. president karzai says order has been restored to the streets after teams of militants attacked government buildings. at least five people were killed. the attacks came at the same time that karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. >>> and president bill clinton heads to haiti. with more reports of scattered violence and looting, new troops on the way. an american health organization now estimates as many as 100,000 people were killed. >>> "the new york times" is reportedly set to begin charging readers for access to its website. the newspaper is expected to announce in the coming weeks a metered pay plan, where viewers will have access to a number of free articles before being asked to subscribe. >> they got to do it. >> they got to do it, i understand this. >> if you do great work, don't give your writing away, don't give your features away, don't give journalism away. >> i hope it works. 77% would not be willing to pay to read content online. we shall see. let's go to willie to sports. >> i have to show you the back cover of "the new york post." rex ryan. the jets i
. the book centers on this incident which i described where u.s. special operators blocked hamid karzai's planned governor for kabul. she interweaves into it a very well-written and interestingly a history that is well-written, well-organized, and based on a lot of her own research with the original sources. a second really important understanding of the country can be gotten from joe haversty's book "the opium season" which details a year in which he was involved in as a subcontractor in the usaid efforts in 2 004-2005 to provide alternative livelihood's to draw with the work force from up opium production. it gives a great view of the violence and corruption. and moreover it shows the bureaucratic profiteering and dysfunction that is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war, but in development. a third source, and i think it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is rory stewart, who within weeks after the fall of the taliban walked to kabul in the winter which is supposed to kill you and through pashtun villages and described that experienc
. karzai -- having legitimacy, and i do not think we have that. this will depend on achieving security, which i think is achievable, and with good government comes with our own money invested in jobs. without jobs, afghanistan will not be a positive scenario in the future, but i must conclude by pointing out that this is not going to affect our domestic national security, as we see with the last three plots. the underwear bomber came from nine cheerio region with -- came from nigeria. one of them came from somalia, and major hassan came from washington, d.c. thank you very much. [applause] >> peter has to leave at 11:00, so he should take the first few questions, and there is a microphone in the back of the room for anyone who would like to ask a question. >> i work 30 years of the journalists. i retired two years ago. my question is for peter. what i hear now is exactly what i was hearing before the iraq war, and the promise was saddam hussein was on popular. then we will have a democracy. now it is an islamic system. there is a hypothesis that afghan people love us. the last point i
on the roof firing into the neighboring buildings. not far away, president karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. this is the man who has to try to persuade the world that he is winning the war against the taliban. president obama's special envoy in india dismissed the attack as the trial and doomed. the streets are quiet tonight. for hours today, they belong to a dozen desperate men, armed and determined, knowingly going to their own tests to show the world what they're capable of. -- they were knowingly willing to go to their own deaths to show the world what they are capable of. >> china confounding all expectations. new figures released by the government suggests it grew 8.7% last year. that puts it on course to overtake japan as the world's second-biggest economy. about 300 people died in clashes between muslims and christians in the central nigerian city. houses were set on fire. thousands of people were made homeless. curfew was imposed. restrictions were later relaxed for the residents to get food and water. in one of the biggest corporate failures in japan's history, the
for about 2.5 hours. not far away, president karzai was swearing in new members of his cabinet. this is a man who has to try to persuade the world that he is winning the war against the taliban. the special envoy to president obama also dismissed the attack as futile and doomed. tonight, the streets of kabul are quiet, won back. but four hours today, they were -- for hours today, others had them. >> the verdict on president obama's first year. first, though, he was once the most popular politician in the ukraine, but it seems clear that the onetime hero of the orange revolution has lost his voter appeal. five years after he ushered in what looked like a new political era in ukraine, he has been precisely defeated in the election. the former prime ministers will be battling it out in an election runoff. we have this report. >> long before all of the ballots were counted, the results were clear. voters had overwhelmingly rejected the man who was at beheaded of demonstrations in 2004. -- who was at the head of demonstrations in 2004. the main beneficiary of his plummeting populari
in town bolstering support for karzai's government as well as the summit later this month. >> lama hasan in kabul, thanks. >>> and now to the quake zone where survivors are still being pulled from the rubble after being buried for over 100 hours. >> and relief efforts are expected to get a big boost from a former president. >> good morning, the clock is ticking to save those buried in the rubble and to get aid to those left with nothing. >> reporter: some prayers were answered in haiti where the scope of the disaster matches the human suffering. this 6-year-old boy was pulled overnight from a home that collapsed after tuesday's 7.2 earthquake. in another part of the city, another miracle, this woman survived 126 hours under rubble before she was rescued. >> it's a very wonderful night because we've worked almost 26 hours straight for those two survivors. immediately now, we need to start working some more for additional survivors. >> reporter: though for every rescue story time is running out for countless other victims. former president bill clinton forecasts to this area with food, wat
karzai is riding the postelection ride of hope, abc news and our partners sent pollsters out door to door taking the pulse of 1,500 people, asking them about ordinary life. also, that covering for women, the burqa. should it be the husband's decision or hers? in this country a split decision. the majority of men say it's the husband's choice. this woman added perspective. my husband's not the problem, she says. it's the taliban i'm afraid of. and sometimes small signes of progress. 60% of the poll says they are cell phones. every one of you as a cell phone? but 85% of them say they have no refrigerator. and few of hope of such a thing. and one more sobers number. more than half of afghans say they have never been to school. and we'll be back with more from afghanistan later. now, we head back to new york and general stephanopoulos with the other day news. >>> still ahead "world news," a public apology from the senate majority leader. >>> and mark mcgwire finally comes kpleen about using steroids with enhe broke one of baseball's record. what is behind today's confession? i'm just a skepti
. the attacks came as president karzai swore in some members of his new cabinet. >> as we took the oath ceremony this were terrorist attacks still ongoing near the presidential palace. this is one of the dangers which afghanistan faces. there are other dangers which are more dangerous and the damage from theman be bigger. these other dangers are from both inside and outside the country. >> reporter: as dusk approaches here in kabul, quiet has returned to the city streets. but the success of this attack by the taliban cannot be measured in conventional military terms. its impact is mainly psychological and political. and in both those areas, it was an undoubted success. david chater, al jazeera, kabul. >>> in turkey the man who shot pope john paul ii nearly 29 years ago was set free. mehmet ali agca was released from a prison on the outskirts of ankara and taken from the scene in a motorcade. you'll recall he shot the pope in st. peter's square in may 1981. two years later, the pontiff visited him in prison and forgave him for the shooting. all these years later, authorities are still uncertain w
. lot of our senior team in the country. spend 90 minutes with president karzai and most importantly we got out to a agaabad valley and met with the team on the ground there. i told the president in february and i kept my word to him, that if he would give our soldiers the resources they needed to get the job done and come home safe he'd have our support. i expressed the night of the president's west point address concern about the timetable of withdrawal. july of 2011 beginning withdrawal. i don't think it makes sense on a battlefield to tell the enemy when you're going to stop fighting. [applause]. so - i'm - i was pleaseed the president called for reinforcements but i wanted to ask tough questions. what i can report to you as general mcchrystal actually answers to people like me but i answer to people like you so i'll report to you, that i'm told that they have the resources and personnel in the decision that the president has made to get the job done. um... - if they have the time to do it. that's issue. i talked to the afghan leaders and rank and file military afghan militants in t
karzai and with his cabinet on numerous occasions, notably with the trip that hillary clinton and i had made to afghanistan on october 18 and 19 in conjunction with the inauguration. the afghans understood this, they are very comfortable with it. so i need to underscore that's what july 2011 means. not a withdraw, but the start of a responsibility transition in which american combat troops will begin to draw down. on the second question and in regard to pakistan, i'm not sure quite how you phrase it. strobe, you made a generic comment? >> mike hamlin and his colleagues have put together a set of bench marks on sort of how things are going. and the trend that they feel they have identified in pakistan is ominous, negative by comparison with a year ago. >> yeah. i read mike's monthly, it's quarterly, actually, isn't it? i read mike's quarterly table with great interest. and it@@@@@@p it's a common problem i've seen in every war i've been involved in. let's not confuse the number of cell phones with low the war is going. let's not minimize that cell phone penetration is a hugely important
president hamid karzai declared the situation was under control. about mid morning, several, maybe as many as a dozen or so taliban militants stormed government buildings, including the ministry of justice and ministry of finance, they also took over a shopping mall and a movie theater. this was a very complex, very well organized attack. about an hour after the first shots were fired, an ambulance pulled up to a police checkpoint, in theory there to help the hurt and wounded, but an insurgent was inside and detonated a bomb, killing at least one person at that site. over the entire area, about a 2-mile area where all the attacks were going on, five people were killed and nearly 40, jane, were injured. jane: connor, these attack necessary kabul generally have been happening more and more. what impact are they having? >> jane, it's been devastating here. the international community, much of it is pulling back, some of the international community is pulling out. i talked to international workers, aid workers, u.n. staff, every day to say they're leaving. it's simply too dangerous here. i sho
as the prime minister of pakistan and are meeting with president karzai. it was an interesting juxtaposition as we looked to the military component what is happening on the government's side in both pakistan and afghanistan. when it comes to the governance issue in afghanistan, in our meeting with president karzai, he stressed very much the significance of the upcoming parliamentary elections. the need to ensure that under the afghan constitution, that process moves forward to clearly define or establish the legitimacy of the afghan government and their processes as they move ahead. we also had an opportunity to visit the police training centers there in kabul. very important to understand the progress that is being made at the afghan army is being trained. they truly are operating at a deficit in terms of the numbers and bringing more recruits in, but what they have seen in the past several months has been remarkable in terms of the numbers of recruits that have come in. we met with the minister of defense, who indicated that just in the past month, the number of recruits that they have rec
to the afghan government and to america today. just as president karzai was swearing in new cabinet members, suicide bombers attacked downtown kabul. at least five people died, dozens were wounded. cnn's dan rivers was there. >> reporter: a pitched battle in the center of kabul, afghan forces fought for more than three hours with taliban insurgents holed up in several buildings. we've been listening to sustained gunfire coming from down the road. you can see in the distance there is a building on fire which we believe may be a market and we're being told that there are a number of taliban fighters who are attacking near the serena hotel right in the heart of kabul and a lot of gunfire and explosions going on. people in the center of kabul were running for their lives. women and children terriified and confused. some angry they hadn't seen any isaf troops. >> you can see all these afghan soldiers. there no one from foreign troops. counter insurgency, there's insurgents and there's the place that they should cooperate shoulder to shoulder with us. with the government of afghanistan. >> report
attacked key government targets. president karzai says that security has finally been restored. we will bring you more on this story from the news desk in just a moment. >>> but first, we want to write you the latest on the disaster in haiti as of this morning. despite the massive international relief effort, millions of haitians remain without food, water and medical care. some aid workers there blame the bottleneck at the u.s. controlled airport. this is leading to increased incidence of violence. two 2,000 american marines are due to arrive today, some of who will assist with security. former president clinton is also slated to arrive today to meet with haitian president rene preval. and today six days after this earthquake, rescue crews are still pulling survivors from the rubble. my partner, harry smith, witnessed one of these rescues. he make his with a to port owe prince over the weekend and joins us this morning live. harry, good morning. >> reporter: good mrorning. from weary ravaged port-au-prince, this is a seen quite typical of many neighborhoods where buildings just co
, thereby taking the initial i.e.c. count to 54.-- 54 point something percent and having president karzai accept that, which i think was a good step for afghanistan. of course the runoff never happened but at least the e.c.c. was able to maintain its independence and show that the rule of law does matter to some degree in afghanistan. so with that, let me briefly introduce our three distinguished speakers and turn it over to them to speak just for a few minutes, probably no more than 10 minutes each if you can keep it to that, so we can have a frank and vibrant discussion and q&a session after that. to my far left, scott warden who just returned to the institute here. he's a senior rule advisor with usit, who was on a leave of absence to work as one of the three international members of the electoral complaints commission. he was also involved in the elections in 2005 for parliament when he was with the jdmb. you have their buy yows in front of you, i won't go into too much detail on that. isabel root is desk officer for the e.a.d. at the department of political affairs at the united nati
karzai. i point that out simply because of the proximity to the seat of power theoretically in that country. afghan officials said three soldiers and two civilians were killed. 71 others wounded in that shooting. each of the seven militants were ultimately killed. nbc's chief pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski is live from kabul with the latest. how are we to interpret this level of violence, jim, this close to the seat of power in that country? >> reporter: you know, the timing was unmistakable. the very time the taliban launched these attacks, president hamid karzai just inside the walls of the presidential palace was starting to swear in members of his new cabinet. so, you know, that timing wasn't lost on anybody. and what's interesting about this, is that while u.s. military officials are now praising the afghan security forces for beating back this attack today, the question is, how did they get those forces so close to the presidential palace in the first place? particularly because western intelligence officials have been predicting this very kind of attack, a co
the delegation. we rallied the world behind the administration's new strategy. since then, karzai has been re-elected, a messy election, but it's done. president obama's announced the 30,000 troops you just referred to. and it's a very good time to bring the world back together to reaffirm its support and to move to the next stage, because we're now -- 2010 is going to be a year of heavy implementation. >> is about getting money from these -- >> no, this is not a pledging conference. enough of those for the time being. countries are coming through, the japanese have just quadrupled their aid. we're going to increase our assistance in many ways, but this is about policy. >> now, let's go to afghanistan's attempts to try to get the taliban, at least not the leaders of the taliban, but sort of the rank and file of the taliban reintegrated in some form in the government. is this possible -- we see that every attempt, it feels like one step forward, three steps back at this point. >> let's not confuse two things. reintegration and reconciliation. i know these are complicated words, but reconciliat
. but first, while afghan president hamid karzai was swearing in his cabinet this morning, insurgents staged the biggest assault on the capital city of kabul since october. an iranian press tv crew was right there right before an explosion went off. the press tv correspondent who you saw at the beginning of that clip was injured in that blast and was taken to the hospital. the reason the camera was already rolling when that explosion went off is because that bomb went off midway through the attack. a suicide bomber first blew himself up outside the central bank. the central bank is on the same traffic circle as hamid karzai's presidential palace. this was in effect the equivalent of a suicide bomber hitting lafayette park right across the street from the white house or even the u.s. treasury building right next door. after the initial suicide bombing, gunmen stormed into and took up positions in nearby buildings. then in the middle of that fight, another suicide bombing which you just saw. the driver was in a vehicle that was marked as an ambulance. all the battles raged in the center of dow
attackers were killed. it started as 14 members of hamid karzai's cabinet were about to be sworn in. >>> and the man who shot pope john paul ii was released this morning, taken to a military facility. he served 19 years in an italian prison for a 1981 attack. he was extradited to turkey where he served ten years. >>> they lived through tuesday's earthquake. now hungry, thirsty and desperate, the people of haiti are doing whatever they can to survive. >> for tens of thousands of people, that means crowding into tents and tarps. soledad o'brien takes us inside one of these tent cities. >> reporter: there was enough water in one of the makeshift camps to give some of the children a shower. there was a little food. a makeshift clinic. they even picked up the garbage. but many of the tens of thousands of haitians displaced by the earthquake have no house to go back to, and no new place to go. they live beneath recovered sheets and blankets in the grass and concrete. these hot and dirty encampments that have sprung up in parks and plazas are now their homes. >> the people of haiti need th
opinion on. it is something that president karzai has announced, a rather ambitious agenda for himself and his country. when there is an alleged oral process, not very much else -- when there is an electoral process, the afghan government is going to have a way that. having elections in may will probably be very technically challenging. that is the decision they ahve to ma -- have to make. they have the right to postpone the election for security reasons. if this is the right they choose to exercise, we could have a number of reforms that could be put in place. the government is going to have to weigh the costs in terms of the focus of the country and how much reform can be done. >> maybe just to add to that, i think one of the problems that you mentioned earlier is the process of decision making. whether the elections are in may, september, they are delayed one year, when you make a decision, you can get about governance in the interim without as much disruption. unfortunately, what tends to happen, you get this offer and counteroffer going back and forth. you can't actually realize t
was well-timed. just as hameed karzai swore in new members of his cabinet. in india today, richard holbrooke condemned the attack. >> it's not surprising that the taliban do this sort of thing, they're desperate people. >> reporter: it may get worse, as the american military steps up its counter insurgency campaign, the taliban may resort to more attacks against civilian targets. the center of the capital remains under total lockdown as western intelligence officials fear, there may be still more taliban suicide bombers on the loose in the city. jim miklaszewski, nbc news, kabul. >>> when we continue in a moment, the cliffhanger in massachusetts, are the democrats about to lose the kennedy seat in the senate? the seat the gop now wants so badly. and there's the meatloaf. yuck. look what sometimes happens with the ordinary bag. it slips, oh, bingo, it falls in. mom was mad. mom should have used glad forceflex with the new stretchable drawstring that grips the can and stays in place. plus, it has the stretchable strength of forceflex. that's all today for glad tv. both: don't get ma
described where u.s. special operators blocked karzai's planned governor for kabul but she interweaves into it a very well written and interestingly -- history that is well written and well organized and -- and based on a lett of her own research with the original sources, a second reading -- rell important understanding of the country can be gotten from joel's book the opium season. and that details a year in which he was involved in a -- as a -- subcontractor in u.s. a.i.d. efforts in 2004 and 2005 to provide alternative livelihoods, to -- to draw away the work force from opium production. and it gives a great view of the violence and corruption and this complex tribal and world relations. and moreover, it shows the bureaucratic prove fit tiering and dysfunction that -- is -- is increasing the complexity and cost of our involvement, not just in war but in -- in development. a third source and it is outstanding if you want to understand the country is roshy stewart, wo within weeks after the fall of the taliban walked from iraq to kabul in the winter, which is supposed to kill you. an
today from afghan president hamid karzai and other afghan ministers, but keep in mind, this was a very well-organized complex attack that lasted for five-some hours. in talking to a u.s. official who said while the loss of life was relatively small in comparison to the size and scale of the attack, probably a case of afghan security forces being more lucky than good. there just isn't the capability yet for the afghan security forces to prevent this type of attack. it took several hundred if not several thousand afghan police and military officials to prevent nearly 20 or so taliban insurgents. this fighting lasted nearly all day. they're just not capable yet of preventing these types of attacks. patti ann: conor powell live in campbell afghanistan. thank you. trace: it has been six years since drew pearson's third wife mysteriously drowned in a dry bathtub. today he is heading to court. two of his wives gone. one dead, the other still missing. today a judge will hear what and kathleen savio told people about her fears. can she speak to the court from the grave? next. patti ann: taking
an interim government in afganistan to be led by its interim president hamid karzai. despite the early success al qaeda's leadership was able to find a safe haven in pakistan's tribal areas. a few years later it gained enough strength to once again pose a serious threat to the u.s. meanwhile the taliban reestablished its headquarters in pakistan and gained enough strength as a result of inadequate afghanistan security forces. by last year the situation had grown so pa perilous that generl stanley mcchrystal issued a report stating that our failure to gain the initiative and reverse the momentum of the taliban within 12 months to make defeating the insurgency impossible. it was largely as a result of that assessment that the president agreed last year to send 30,000 more troops to afganistan. earlier this month i and some of my colleagues had the opportunity to visit afganistan and pakistan to assess the situation on the ground firsthand. among other things, we saw progress in the crucial southern provinces of kandahar. though in the early phases general crystal's -- mcchrystal's plan t
karzai says order has been restored. >>> already questions about the treatment of five local students being held in pakistan on suspicion of terrorism ties. they were yelling out that they are being tortured. they made the claims as they left a pakistani courthouse. the men were arrested last month. authorities believe they are linked to al-qaeda and were plotting attacks in pakistan. they face life in prison if convicted. >>> president barack obama will deliver his first state of the union speech wednesday of next week, january 27th. he will address a joint session of congress beginning at 9:00 in the evening. that speech will be broadcast live and will be streamed on the white house web site. >>> there is just unimaginable devastation in haiti, possibly more than 200,000 people dead. so why is a cruise ship still docked outside port owe brings? >> we'll get an explanation on that and a warm act of kindness from area children hoping to help those in haiti. >>> also coming up in just a few melts, we'll update you on today's weather forecast. not going fob i bad day today. another mild
the presidential palace. president karzai said the city is now secure. >>> many events taking place to honor the memory of dr. martin luther king, jr. president obama and the first family helped out the charitable organization so others might eat earlier today. later the president will speak with african-american seniors and their grandchildren at the white house. >>> we did elect the first african-american president but how far has this country really progressed in terms of race relations. we have a new nbc news/"wall street journal" poll. we asked americans as a nation if we judged people by the content of their character or the color of their screen. 60% said character counted first. but when you break it down by race, 60% of whites and hispanics but 40% of african-americans said they think america is color-blind. issues like that, topics on a day-to-day basis also the topic of a special tonight, obama's america: 2010 and beyond. for more on this poll and results where we are, a social activist and political commentator. you're taking part in the special tonight so we wanted to have you o
of the presidential palace as happened karzai was swearing in new cabinet members. the fighting lasted more than three hours inside of in government buildings in kabul. >> thank you. >>> six days and counting since tragedy struck haiti. the scene there anything but calm and organized. rescue teams continue their push to save lives before time runs out. we are live in port-au-prince coming up next . >>> right now some of the big stories we are following at 5:00. a shoplifting suspect has died after arlington county police used a taser on him. the suspect had trouble breathing minutes after the officer used the taser. they called for paramedics but brumby died. they are awaiting an autopsy to find out why the died. >>> both candidates are trying to mobilize supporters in the final hours of a hard-fought senate race. polls show the race is very close right now. >>> the united nations says 73,000 people in haiti have now received food. but thousands more are desperately awaiting relief assistance. looting is becoming more widespread. hundreds of young men and boys are climbing broken walls in shops taking
runoff, thereby taking the initial iec countdown to 50% and having president karzai accept that. which i think was a good step for afghanistan. of course, the runoff never happened when the opponent pulled out, but they were able to maintain that the rule of law does matter to some degree in afghanistan. let me just briefly introduce our three distinguished speakers and turn it over to them to speak just for a few minutes, probably no more than 10 minutes each if you can keep it to that so that we can have a frank and vibrant discussion in q&a after that. to my far left is scott ward iw who was on a leave of absence last year to work as one of the three international members of the electoral complaints commission. scott was also involved in the elections in 2005 for parliament when he was with the jemb. you have their bios in front of you, so i will not go into too much detail. isabel has also worked in afghanistan back in 2005 as a political adviser. she knows quite a bit about afghanistan's elections and has been following the process is very closely. finally to my left, grant kippen,
the time when president karzai said the situation was under control before the situation was in fact under control. this was part of a strategy being implemented by the taliban where they are trying to strike right at the heart of government institutions while the international community is busy trying to portray the afghan government as strong, as being built up, the taliban are trying to prove that this is a government that is feeble and weak and can't protect itself let alone the afghan people and run the afghan state, shepard. >> shepard: conor powell live tonight in the afghan capital. an update on the heart breaking story that unfolded live on studio b. haitian families now kept apart by an ocean of red tape. today, one couple finally good to see their kids live on tv. from the emotional moment to where things stand now and i'm just getting an urgent bill continue in from the associated press. there are new details on what the united states government and a major shift that has just happened on orphans now in haiti. i will bring you breaking news, it's coming up. sfx: can shaki when
and continued well after afghan president hamid karzai publicly declared the situation under control. sushtsing attack -- insurgents attacked a hotel, shopping mall, ministry and justice an finance. at least six people were killed and 70 wounded. half of them afghan civilians. attacks like this are occurring more often in kabul and each one appears better planned than the last one. the taliban according to senior u.s. military officials have two things going for them. organization and resources. the recent attacks show how much reach they have. despite massive military reach in kabul, the afghan government has not been successful in stopping the attacks and the taliban is promising to continue hitting afghan government facilities and international buildings over the winter. bret? >> bret: connor powell in kabul. iran is vowing to take revenge on israel and the u.s. for the bombing that killed a physics professor last week. the u.s. denied involvement. israel is not commenting. also today, the iran foreign minister otaki is said iran has exchanged messages with major powers regarding its nuclear
accusations against president karzai's relatives, brothers, part of this drug trade. >> we are talking about two different subject matters here. certainly the minister in afghanistan is very weak. he has no ability to enforce the law. it is nothing. it is sort of a moral role. i guess that is what tom meant when he says it is ineffective. certainly he's very clear. i never had one single word against him in terms of him being involved. then there is a different element, which i brought up, the question of corruption. corruption in kabul. corruption in the provinces. corruption in the army. that's a different issue and i would consider it one of most dangerous ones and one of the most urgent to be dealt with. >> gretchen, last word to you. as this re-assessment of afghan policy goes on, as this crisis in governance in afghanistan is playing itself out, how is this going to help or hinder, more like likely, the effort to control the drugs? >> well, i think at the same time that the drug problem creates challenges. it also presents opportunities. my research among the people of afghanistan and
on this monday morning, fox news alert. afghanistan's president karzai says security has been restored there after one of the biggest attacks in the capital city of kabul. take a look at this new video out of afghanistan where fighting between taliban militants and afghan forces have left at least five people dead. dozens more injured. a taliban spokesman says that 20 armed militants stormed the capital city targeting several government buildings. reports say several people were killed after separate homicide attack outside a kabul shopping center. that man right there who breached security at jfk airport causing the terminal to be evacuated said he did it by mistake. he says he got lost while trying to leave the airport to find a taxi. he was returning to new york from haiti where he fled the earthquake. the security breach delayed dozens of flights and travelers waited hours to be rescreened. he's now free on bail right now. of course, martin luther king jr. day today. a day when we remember the civil rights leader's "i have a dream" speech. >> yes, we're passing through a hard wint
karzai was beginning to swear in a new cabinet and the message from the taliban is unmistakable. despite whatever progress is being made by the afghan government or the coalition forces against taliban forces in the south, the taliban is trying to send a message to the afghan people that they are here to stay, tamron. >> jim miklaszewski live for us out of kabul, afghanistan, right now. and still ahead, more on the incredible rescues in haiti. how crews found and pulled one woman from the rubble of a collapsed supermarket and i will talk with an american trapped beneath the rubble of a hotel for 53 hours. ♪ my sunglasses. the people say i'm forgetful. maybe that's why we go to so many memorable places. love the road you're on. the subaru outback. motor trend's 2010 sport/utility of the year. would you like that to hurt now or later? uh-- what? (announcer) pepcid® complete doesn't make you choose. it neutralizes acid in seconds and controls heartburn all day or all night. pepcid® complete , works now and works later. >>> still no sign of six people from lynn university in boca raton,
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